AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College has now gone to a fifth and deciding set in four of their last six games, but they are still looking for their first win in those matches, as they were beaten 3-2 (23-25, 25-13, 25-15, 12-25, 15-13) by Wellesley College on Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The match was part of the opening night of the 26th Annual Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament, co-hosted by Amherst College and Smith College. The event also kicked off an exciting homecoming weekend that was highlighted by the unveiling of the new Mammoth logo this evening.
The Mammoths fall to 12-9 on the season and will continue tournament play on Saturday with an 11:00 AM game against Coast Guard and a 3:00 PM game against WPI.
Marialexa Natsis '18 had 18 kills to lead all players and posted six kills in the opening set, including the decisive one to avoid going to overtime by sealing a 25-23 victory.
For the Blue, Yasmine Reece matched Natsis with 18 kills of her own, and was also in on one solo block and nine block assists.
The second and third sets were all Wellesley, as they hit .407 in set number two, jumping out to a 6-0 lead and never looking back. In the third set, Amherst led, 15-12, but Wellesley rattled off an 8-0 run to seize control of the game and the match.
In set four, it was the Mammoths who raced out to a 7-2 advantage, thanks to a series of kills by Natsis and Daria Kim Percy '21. Amherst ended the set on an 8-1 run.
It looked as though Amherst may get their five-set victory, leading 12-9 in the fifth set before Reece took over with four kills in the final six points, and the Blue used a 6-1 run to claim the victory.
- Kim-Percy had 11 kills, while Emily Kolsky '20 was in double-digits with ten kills.
- Charlotte Durna '20 and Adelaide Shunk '20 took turns setting, with Duran putting up 28 assists and Shunk dishing out 18.
- Hayes Honea '19 had 21 digs for the Mammoths.